You are amazing. Did you realize that? It’s true. People, including you, are amazing. Collectively, or individually, we produce amazing works of art, build amazing structures, achieve amazing athletic feats, write amazing pieces of literature, compose amazing music, invent amazing technologies, discover amazing scientific wonders, fabricate amazing mechanical devices, design amazing gardens, create amazing movies, etc. Simply put, you are amazing. The world over, people are amazing.
In late December, just prior to the big New Year’s celebration in New York’s Times Square, we visited the Big Apple. It had been a while since I’d been, but it was largely unchanged, especially the people. As always, there were people everywhere. The subways were crowded. The streets were crowded. The cafés were crowded. Everywhere you looked, there were people. From all over. They were from Asia, South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. There were even people from North America, including a handful from the US! People. People. People.
And as I looked around, rubbed elbows, and generally bumped and grinded my way through the concrete jungle (we walked over 9 miles that day!) I was reminded that people are amazing. Each of us is created uniquely. We each bring different skills, talents, and perspective with us wherever we go. We are, indeed, amazing. You and I.
Great leaders recognize that people are amazing. Great leaders also recognize that it often takes a special key to unlock this potential. Great leaders (whether parent, corporate executive, or athletic coach) know that people have tremendous capacity within. We’re each a walking goldmine. But some of us don’t easily give up our gold. We have amazing potential, but we sit on it. We keep it closed up. We’re not leveraging our full range of gifts. We’re not maximizing our potential. This is where the great leader steps in with the special key, encouragement.
Great leaders are encouragers. They know people have potential. And through encouragement, guidance, trust, and empowerment, they unlock the potential in others. This is not a manipulative action. It’s a freeing action. Great leaders set others free. They guide, coach, and facilitate. People are amazing and great leaders turn them loose. Great leaders know that if they enable another to be successful, to be amazing, good things happen.
When great leaders free up another and give them permission to be themselves, to overachieve, to be all they can be and to be amazing, it’s a sight to behold. Masterpieces are composed. Records are broken. Epic poems are written. Goals are achieved. New territory is conquered. Discoveries are made. Championships are won. Diplomas are awarded. Jobs are obtained. Projects are completed.
You are amazing. Please be everything you can be. Use your full suite of capabilities. If you need help or a catalyst, ask. If you’re a corporate executive, athletic coach, parent, or teacher, encourage another. Give them permission to be amazing (because they truly are!). Regardless of your title, profession, or station in life, you have the ability to encourage others. Do so. You’ll be amazed at what happens, not only to them, but to you. You’ll be transformed by the process.
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.
Dr. Robert Gerwig is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.
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